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THOMAS WOLFE MEMORIAL ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA Novelist Thomas Wolfe immortalized the Asheville board- inghouse where he grew up in his autobiographical novel "Look Homeward, Angel." As the youngest of eight siblings, he was the only child to live with their mother as she ran the Old Kentucky Home in the early 20th century. The tourists and other boarders who moved in and out of the home be- came the characters for his 1929 novel. Wolfe's brothers and sisters turned the home into the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in 1949, a decade after his death, and made sure things were left to look much like they did when he lived there. "It was an inexpensive Victorian boarding house, so it's a little different than visiting a family home," said site manager Tom Muir. "But visitors really like to see the communal dining room and kitchen where his mother worked around the clock to make sure boarders had two meals a day." Guides run tours at the top of every hour that include a walk through 29 of the rooms and several stories directly from Wolfe's siblings. An adjacent visitors center and museum con- tains a self-guided exhibit hall and a 22-minute film on Wolfe's life and writings. W W W . W O L F E M E M O R I A L . C O M NORTH CAROLINA O. Henry's Texas home Courtesy Thomas Wolfe Memorial TEXAS Courtesy O. Henry Museum Childhood home of Thomas Wolfe ® MORAVIAN CULINARY TRAIL • HEIRLOOM GARDENS COLLECTION HISTORIC HOMES TOUR • GATEWAY TO YADKIN VALLEY WINE REGION F O R D E TA I L S , CO N TAC T: Kay C a l zo l a r i , Group Tour Manager 336-728-4237 • 866-728-4200 Step-On Guides • Welcome Reception with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Mystery Tours • Fam Tours • Itinerary and Marketing Support

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